Etowah GYSTC

  • Georgia Highlands College
    415 East 3rd Avenue, Heritage Hall
    Rome, Georgia 31061

  • Dr. Robert Young

  • 706-266-0590


Opened in 1997, the Etowah Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center is a Regional Center for GYSTC, Inc. which is a private, not-for-profit educational organization designed to increase interest in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for serious study, particularly among elementary and middle school teachers, students and parents in typically underserved areas in the state. Etowah GYSTC is located in Rome, Georgia at Heritage Hall on the campus of Georgia Highlands College. Among the many educational programs they offer elementary and middle school teachers and students, some favorites include environmental science, chemistry, laws of motion, Family Science Nights, and Family Math Nights. The Center provides a variety of professional development programs and STEM kits for K-8 teachers and students.



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Educator Programs

Virtual In-Class Field Trips

An in-class field trip is a unique experience for the classroom teacher and the students class to view science from a different perspective.

Virtual Professional Learning Workshops

These one-hour sessions cover a variety of topics to enhance the teaching capabilities of educators.


Virtual Afterschool for Math and Science

This GYSTC afterschool program is a virtual refresher in math and science exercises in which some students might need a little more time to progress at a more satisfactorily level.

Virtual Family STEM Nights

Join one of our Virtual STEM Nights! Everyone in your family can participate. Activities are appropriate for K-2, 3-5 or 6-8, depending on the session you join.


Virtual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy for Parents with Grades K-5 Students

GYSTC works to improve the teaching-learning process for teachers, parents and students. GYSTC STEM Academy for Parents focuses on providing real-world experiences that parents can use to assist their students virtual learning experiences.

Board Members

Ms. Sharryse Henderson

Director, Center of STEM Learning, Georgia Highlands College (BOARD CHAIR)

Ms. Jerri Knowles

Branch Manager, Northwest Georgia Credit Union (TREASURER)

Ms. Rhonda Sosebee

Administrative Assistant, Georgia Highlands College (SECRETARY)

Mr. Jason Christian

Director of Laboratory Management and Operations, Georgia Highlands College

Mr. Chris Carey

President, Logical Systems, Inc.

Ms. Heather Carter

Bartow County Schools

Dr. Phillip Page

Bartow County Schools

Ms. Angela Culbert

Chattooga County Schools

Mr. Jeff Martin

Chattooga County Schools

Mr. Jay Deville

Right at Home

Dr. Jeffery R. Wilson

Superintendent, Floyd County Schools

Ms. Barbara Smith

Director of School Improvement and Professional Learning, Floyd County Schools

Mr. John Parker

Assistant Superintendent, Floyd County Schools

Dr. Laurie Atkins

Superintendent, Polk County Schools

Mr. Johnathan Kirsch

Principal, Cherokee Elementary School, Polk County Schools

Mr. Louis Byars

Superintendent, Rome City Schools

Dr. Leslie Dixon

Director of School Improvement, Rome City Schools

Dr. Tricia Waters

Math & Science Coordinator, Rome City Schools